Saturday, June 14, 2008

Why Can't I Find the Perfect Church?

Because there aren’t any. Churches are made up of imperfect people, you and me included.

Does it seem strange to you that there are SICK PEOPLE at a HOSPITAL? Of course not – that is what a hospital is for. Likewise, it should not come as a surprise to find people in churches who are sick and have problems. The church is a spiritual hospital that treats its patients with the Gospel to make them well. Jesus said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17).

A church may have many patients, all in different stages of recovery. Some are in terminal or critical condition, others are nearly well, and there are those who have recovered enough to join with the hospital staff in helping to care for the other patients.

At PCC we realize our Sunday morning attendance is made up of people in varying degrees of spiritual understanding, varying degrees of maturity, and lifestyles. This is by design. We have unbelievers, brand new believers, maturing believers and mature believers. But by continuously moving these people along the continuum of spiritual growth, we see life-change occurring. That makes us a healthy church.

In contrast, I’ve heard people say they think our church is shallow because of all the “unbelievers” and “new believers” in our family. They believe churches should be made up of mature believers mostly, (I guess people like themselves), who are well, whole, and have model children. They eventually form a cookie-cutter version of Christianity, and establish little groups made up only of people just like themselves. These groups become impenetrable. They are more exclusive than inclusive. Is this what Jesus really wants?

But to those who are imperfect, hurting, sick, bruised, or peeled, you are invited to be part of our church family.